The term “blended learning” indicates that different training methods are integrated in order to achieve the highest learning success and maximum retention. In the past, the only form of training was face-to-face. With the advent of technology, online training, gamification, e-learning, and microlearning, face-to-face training became less important. However, the companies found very quickly that the effectiveness was severely compromised. Therefore, the methods have been “mixed up” in recent years. The term “blended learning” was born.
“To create an engaging learning experience, the role of the instructor is optional, but the role of the learner is essential.” – Bernhard Bull
This article focuses on the top 3 benefits of blended learning that help improve learning and application of the concepts.
- It extends the benefits of training: It is well known that learning is enhanced when the same concept is presented in different ways. This is the principle of blended learning. After presenting the concepts in a classroom-based training session led by a trainer, adding a new method to the learning process through e-learning or gamification greatly improves knowledge retention. It offers a much richer training experience and helps employees retain the new information better by applying on various platforms such as e-learning and gamification.
- It reduces and simplifies logistics: Each training method has its advantages and disadvantages. Face-to-face training, when led by an experienced trainer, can produce profound results; However, managing the logistics of all participants can be a nightmare. But if the live programs are reduced and the training is supported by video conferencing and e-learning, then the impact will not be compromised. The last two training methods reduce the need for logistics and are also environmentally friendly; E-copies of training materials can be shared, reducing the need for printing.
- It allows employees to have better control over their training: Microlearning is shared through mobile phones and e-learning is shared through learning management systems. Both methods allow employees to study the material from their phones or laptops at their leisure. Such long travel hours have contributed to increased productivity as this time is used efficiently. Everyone has a different ability to learn. In face-to-face sessions, people who take longer to absorb new information find it difficult to keep up with the rest of the group. But when employees are put in control of their learning by being able to combine their in-person training sessions with online self-study, unique learning needs and behaviors are met; this contributes significantly to increased productivity and professional growth.
According to the American Society for Training and Development, employees lose 90% of the skills they learned in training when they return to work. This happens because the newly learned information has not been repeated enough to retain it and they go back to the information they are familiar with. However, with the advent of blended learning, the impact of training has greatly improved as platforms such as e-learning and gamillication invite employees to apply the new content they have learned, making it familiar and comfortable. So blended learning is here to stay.
Thanks to Pramila M Mathew